German president Joachim Gauck announced that he will not run for a second term, citing age and health as reasons for his decision.
Germany's president was given the highest military honors upon his departure as the country's head of state. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Gauck "never lost faith in our country."
"Today I wish to tell you that I have decided not to run again for the office of German president. The decision was not easy for me," Gauck said in Berlin. Speculation is already rife as to who might replace him.
A media report says German President Joachim Gauck will not run for a second five-year term as the country's head of state, citing health reasons and his age. It says his decision will be officially announced next week.
Joachim Gauck's life has been intertwined with several important chapters in the country's history. Like Chancellor Merkel, the outgoing president hails from the east. Unlike her, Gauck is known for speaking his mind.
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